Poets, thinkers, artists, mystics, activists, and misfits in all literary genres, academic disciplines, and un-schools of thought…
Metapsychosis is a literary project of transdisciplinary spirit, hereby inviting writers, scholars, creative agents, and consciousness explorers to participate in a cultural experiment and collaborative publishing venture grounded in the experience of transmission between minds.
Call it Distributed Intelligence. Network Consciousness. The Noosphere, or Depthosphere. A planetary ecosystem of thought. Mutational in meaning, we intend Metapsychosis to be a vehicle for amplifying, intensifying, and multiplying our powers of intellectual inquiry and creative commerce within this incipient cultural sphere.
Inspired by the comingling network of movements loosely titled “visionary culture”—and dialed in to multiple currents of metatheory, literary and science fiction, critical theory, pop culture, consciousness and religious studies, and evolutionary activism—we seek to engage the transpersonal and the spiritual through artistic experimentation and practice.
Building on a history of experimental publishing that has, traditionally, blended disciplines and genres—such as the zine BoingBoing, Mondo 2000, Gnosis Magazine, OMNI, Beams and Struts, and Reality Sandwich—we seek to create a meeting of minds in a collaborative act of culture-creation.
Metapsychosis expresses the emergent complexity of planetary culture through the medium of literature and the arts, spiritual inquiry, and cultural engagement. We aim to reflect a multitude of diverse voices, perspectives, and articulations of our intimate present—and planetary future.
This journal feeds on interdisciplinary writing. When scholarly, it should be in the spirit of the public intellectual (via Ralph Waldo Emerson, Umberto Eco and Susan Sontag). It should possess something of a “negative capability” (via John Keats), or an “antifragility” (Nassim Taleb). Most of all, writers should have the capacity not only to tolerate but to thrive on diverse points of view and modes of expression.
Metapsychosis is seeking submissions in creative fiction or nonfiction; personal and critical essays; poetry and short stories; comics; music; film; film and book reviews; and interviews. There are no specific word-count limitations—if it’s worthwhile, we will work with you—but longer pieces will face a commensurate threshold for editorial engagement.
Topics we are looking for include, but are not limited to: literary fiction; consciousness studies; critical theory; transpersonal psychology and the transpersonal in literature; integral theory, critical realism, and other meta-theories; folklore and mythology; climate change and the Chthulhucene in literature and culture; interstitial fiction; slipstream fiction; weird lit; science fiction and fantasy; comic books and pop culture; global/local liberation movements; contemplative writing; yoga and meditation; visionary culture; modern religious movements; occulture and esotericism; cosmology, deep ecology; psychotherapy; depth psychology; indigenous spirituality; psychedelic studies; liberation theology; feminism; gender studies; queer theory; big history; avant-garde film; zombies; name your own genre.
Metapsychosis accepts previously unpublished work—with exceptions if the piece has only been on your personal website. Once your work is accepted, you can choose your preferred licensing (full copyright, or any of the Creative Commons options, which we encourage).
We also require you to have account on Infinite Conversations in order interact with our editorial crew. If you work is considered, we will given feedback on a private forum thread, which allows all editors to follow the conversation or contribute if they have something to add.
When your work is ready to go into production, we will provide you with an account on Metapsychosis, so you can view a preview of your piece and offer corrections and approvals.
During the editorial process, we may or may not offer varying levels of feedback or suggestions for improvement, completely depending on the submission. Our policy is to give authors full control over the final status of their text. However, we reserve the right to not publish anything that we don’t believe to be congruent with the ethos and aesthetic of the journal.
Artwork & Images
We use community artist-contributed, public domain, or Creative Commons licensed work whenever possible to accompany written pieces. If you have artwork in mind that you think would work well with your piece, just let us know.
To Submit Your Work:
Send an email to email@example.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line. Please allow up to 3 weeks for reply.
For priority consideration, join the forum on Infinite Conversations, get involved with the community, and send a message to one our editors to pitch your piece. Once accepted, we will work closely with you to prepare your work for publication.
Please note that we are currently only publishing on the web, but have plans to create print editions in the future. Let us know if you would like to be considered for a future print publication.
As a final note, while while don’t pay for pieces published on the web, in the future all Metapsychosis authors will have the opportunity to participate in our gift economy and receive financial support from readers for their work. To learn more about our bigger plans in this regard, visit Cosmos.coop.